Union and Confederates Close on Each Other in Maryland

September 15, 1862

President Lincoln permits himself some optimism and writes General George McClellan, whose army was closing in on Confederate forces in Maryland: “Your despatches of to-day received, God bless you, and all with you.  Destroy the rebel army, if possible.”

Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase writes in his diary that New York Republican leader Thurlow “Weed called and we had a long talk.  He expressed again his conviction that more decided measures are needed in an Anti-Slavery direction; and said there was much dissatisfaction with Seward in New-York because he is supposed to be averse to such measures.  I told hi, I did not doubt Mr. Seward’s fidelity to his ideas of progress, amelioration and freedom; but that I thought he adhered too tenaciously to men who proved themselves unworthy and dangerous, such as McClellan; that he resisted to persistently decided measures; that his influence encouraged the irresolution and inaction of the President in respect to men and measures, although personally he was ad decided as anybody in favor of vigorous prosecution of the war, and as active as anybody in concerting plans of action against the rebels.  Mr. weed admitted that there was much justice in my views, and said he had expressed similar ideas to Mr. Seward himself.  He said he would see him again, and that Seward and I must agree on a definite line, especially on the Slavery question, which we must recommend to the President.  We talked a good deal about our matters–about the absence of proper Cabinet discussion of important subjects–about Tax appointments in New-York, with which he is well satisfied, &c.”

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